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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
The Morning-Glory
Maria (White) Lowell (1821–1853)
 
WE wreathed about our darling’s head
  The morning-glory bright;
Her little face looked out beneath
  So full of life and light,
So lit as with a sunrise,        5
  That we could only say,
“She is the morning-glory true,
  And her poor types are they.”
 
So always from that happy time
  We called her by their name,        10
And very fitting did it seem,—
  For sure as morning came,
Behind her cradle bars she smiled
  To catch the first faint ray,
As from the trellis smiles the flower        15
  And opens to the day.
 
But not so beautiful they rear
  Their airy cups of blue,
As turned her sweet eyes to the light,
  Brimmed with sleep’s tender dew;        20
And not so close their tendrils fine
  Round their supports are thrown,
As those dear arms whose outstretched plea
  Clasped all hearts to her own.
 
We used to think how she had come,        25
  Even as comes the flower,
The last and perfect added gift
  To crown Love’s morning hour;
And how in her was imaged forth
  The love we could not say,        30
As on the little dewdrops round
  Shines back the heart of day.
 
We never could have thought, O God,
  That she must wither up,
Almost before a day was flown,        35
  Like the morning-glory’s cup;
We never thought to see her droop
  Her fair and noble head,
Till she lay stretched before our eyes,
  Wilted, and cold, and dead!        40
 
The morning-glory’s blossoming
  Will soon be coming round,—
We see their rows of heart-shaped leaves
  Upspringing from the ground;
The tender things the winter killed        45
  Renew again their birth,
But the glory of our morning
  Has passed away from earth.
 
Earth! in vain our aching eyes
  Stretch over thy green plain!        50
Too harsh thy dews, too gross thine air,
  Her spirit to sustain;
But up in groves of Paradise
  Full surely we shall see
Our morning-glory beautiful        55
  Twine round our dear Lord’s knee.
 
 
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